Special Franchise Focus: Casual Dining, Bars, and Patios

Although with the emergence of food delivery apps, it may appear on the surface that Canadians are opting to dine in rather than out. However, this is not the case. Canadians still love going to a restaurant to eat a meal. Whether it’s a rare treat, for a special occasion, to celebrate a milestone, or to simply socialize with friends, 54 per cent of Canadians eat out once or more a week, according to Stats Canada.

It’s also not shocking that Canadians tend to enjoy an adult beverage with their meals. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, the average Canadian over the legal drinking age in their respective province spent $755 on booze. Beer, a staple of casual dining and bar establishments, was far and away the most popular alcoholic beverage. How very Canadian, eh?

With a taste for quality eats and alcoholic libations, more and more Canadians are looking to casual dining restaurants and bars when they want to sit down for a meal. This special section takes a closer look at the casual dining and bars category, highlighting the factors that make these restaurants a popular choice for Canadian consumers.

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